Archive | June 2013

Prophesy As a Divine Utterance

I want to write briefly about prophesy as a divine utterance. Prophetic utterance is a very dynamic way that God uses to change situations. It is an inspired pronouncement proclaimed, declared or uttered upon a situation, problem, person, etc, to bring a change which cannot be at a particular time without a move of God. We can read of a horrendous situation that needed such a prophetic pronouncement.MP900289198

“The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”

Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”’”

So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.

Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.” Ezekiel 37:1-9 (NKJV)

The situation described in the passage does not have a human solution. It can only be changed by God. Prophetic utterance followed progressively to bring a change. Please take note that I said progressively. Many people don’t follow through, until God to perfect that which concerns them before running along. They assume that “if it is God, progression is not needed”. That is erroneous assumption.

There was another occasion we can look at to see prophetic utterance in action; that is in 2 Kings 7:1-16. (NKJV)

The scripture says, “Then Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord: ‘Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.’”

So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?”

And he said, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” 2 Kings 7:1-3.

As you can see in the above Bible quote, it was difficult for an expert to imagine the possibility of a dramatic change to the problems in Israel and he couldn’t hide his feelings. If you continue the reading of that scripture, you will see that God fulfilled his promise.

What you should know about prophetic utterances.

1. God is very active on earth among his people and can intervene in difficult times.

2. God is almighty and nothing can stop him when he wants to change a situation (Daniel 4:34-35) “And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, “What have You done?”

3. It can be above comprehension – you might be tempted to doubt it

4. It may not come with “demonstration”. So don’t expect the spectacular

5. It cannot fail in its time.

The dangers to avoid

1. A lot of Christian values are being manipulated and there are fake imitations that can mislead people. (Acts 8:9-11, 18-20)

2. God moves in various ways and prophetic utterance are not the only way he intervenes in our situations; so don’t run from pillar to post seeking prophetic utterances

3. If you are a minister, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit to know what he wants to do; don’t force the hand of God to produce prophetic utterances. You are not less a man of God if you have not experienced this gift. Don’t allow people to force you into errors.

4. Like I said earlier, prophetic utterance could be progressive; you need to be patient if God is working through your situation using this means.

I believe that someone reading this message and who is in a very precarious situation will receive a divine intervention very soon. God will turn around your ugly situation and give you rest. He will remove your shame and put a song in your mouth.

 

This article is also published in www.holyspiritcomfort.com 

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Hearing From God: – How to deal with the conflicts it brings

It is your responsibility to act on the word of God. What produces result is taking the right actions about the word you heard from God. Many people subject the word of God to them, to the approval of other people; but the truth is that God will not hold anyone accountable on your behalf about what you do with the words he spoke to you. There are a lot of scriptures to buttress this.

“Then the king said to the man of God, “Come home with me and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.” But the man of God said to the king, “If you were to give me half your house, I would not go in with you; nor would I eat bread nor drink water in this place. For so it was commanded me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘You shall not eat bread, nor drink water, nor return by the same way you came.’” So he went another way and did not return by the way he came to Bethel. Now an old prophet dwelt in Bethel, and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel; they also told their father the words which he had spoken to the king. And their father said to them, “Which way did he go?” For his sons had seen which way the man of God went who came from Judah. Then he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” So they saddled the donkey for him; and he rode on it, and went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak. Then he said to him, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” And he said, “I am.” Then he said to him, “Come home with me and eat bread.” And he said, “I cannot return with you nor go in with you; neither can I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place. For I have been told by the word of the Lord, ‘You shall not eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by going the way you came.’” He said to him, “I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (He was lying to him.) So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house, and drank water. Now it happened, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came to the prophet who had brought him back; and he cried out to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the Lord, and have not kept the commandment which the Lord your God commanded you, but you came back, ate bread, and drank water in the place of which the Lord said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water,” your corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.’” So it was, after he had eaten bread and after he had drunk, that he saddled the donkey for him, the prophet whom he had brought back. When he was gone, a lion met him on the road and killed him. And his corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey stood by it. The lion also stood by the corpse. And there, men passed by and saw the corpse thrown on the road, and the lion standing by the corpse. Then they went and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt. Now when the prophet who had brought him back from the way heard it, he said, “It is the man of God who was disobedient to the word of the Lord. Therefore the Lord has delivered him to the lion, which has torn him and killed him, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke to him.”” 1 Kings 13:7-26 (NKJV)

The above scripture is clear on who takes the responsibility about the word God speaks to us. The old prophet, despite his part in the horrible episode, did not claim any responsibility.

These are some conflicts that go with hearing from God.

· It is not everyone that is interested in what you heard. Their attitude might discourage you.

· Some people are jealous of such experiences and may not welcome your excitement. 1 Kings 22:19 -28, says, “Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left. And the Lord said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner. Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ The Lord said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the Lord said, ‘You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.’ Therefore look! The Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, and the Lord has declared disaster against you.” Now Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near and struck Micaiah on the cheek, and said, “Which way did the spirit from the Lord go from me to speak to you?” And Micaiah said, “Indeed, you shall see on that day when you go into an inner chamber to hide!” So the king of Israel said, “Take Micaiah, and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son; and say, ‘Thus says the king: “Put this fellow in prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and water of affliction, until I come in peace.” But Micaiah said, “If you ever return in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Take heed, all you people!” (NKJV).

Zedekiah was not going to keep quiet and have Micaiah chatter away with “thus says the Lord”. He did not want to lose face. He wanted the King to believe he had “a monopoly of the spirit of God”; he wanted to protect his deception. So be careful, there are surprises out there.

· You might be upstaging some strongholds. That was the experience of Moses in Egypt when he went to Pharaoh to ask for Israelites release from slavery and it did not go unopposed. “Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.’” And Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go.” So they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go three days’ journey into the desert and sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.” Then the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people from their work? Get back to your labor.” And Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are many now, and you make them rest from their labor!” Exodus 5:1-4 (NKJV).

The word of God comes to deal with some issues in life. There are usually authorities and powers responsible for challenges of life and they will not just watch you wrestle that hold from them without a fight. In the New Testament it cost John the Baptist his life.

· There are unseen forces that challenge the word of God. Gen 3:1-5, says, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’’ Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

· There are some inner struggles within you that could come up from time to time to wrestle the word of God from you, especially at your low-moments. They include pressures from the lust flesh, fear, the lust of the eyes and doubt.

We must learn to handle all these conflicts with prayer, the study of the word and the power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord wants you to understand these things and that is why this article was written and that is why you are reading it; as you meditate on these words and run it through your past experiences, it will help you to achieve great heights in your walk with God.

 

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